Monday, March 16, 2015

Healthy Shamrock (Mint) Shake

So, apparently the McDonald's seasonal Shamrock Shake is a pretty big deal. And you know me, I'm all: "I gotta have it!!" with most limited edition or seasonal items!  But, ...McDonald's.  So, no.
BUT, we can make it ourselves at home! And year round, too!

To make a more authentic shake, it'd just be a vanilla milkshake, so vanilla ice cream and milk, with something green, and mint extract added to it.

For an even healthier version, we are going to use my One Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream recipe of: frozen bananas. When frozen bananas are blended they turn into a creamy soft serve, which is the perfect ice cream replacement for this shake.  We will blend the frozen bananas with some milk (soy, almond, coconut, or dairy all work fine), add some sweetener, mint extract, and a few spinach leaves for a green hue. Stay with me. It's delicious and refreshing! I promise.

This is a perfect St Patrick's Day treat that you don't have to feel guilty about, and that won't make you feel sick afterwards. Win. Win!

Adapted from:Chocolate Covered Katie & Shugary Sweets


2 frozen bananas (I peel and break into pieces, then freeze in a zip top plastic bag)
1/2 - 1 cup milk (I used almond milk) (Depending on how thick you want the shake, and how large your bananas are.)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
Small handful of spinach or kale leaves Maybe 6 spinach leaves
1/8 tsp peppermint extract (Don't over do it. You need just the smallest pour) (or use real mint leaves)


Blend the bananas and milk in a blender for a couple minutes until smooth. Start with 1/2 cup of the milk, and add more if your blender gets stuck, and/or if the mixture is too thick. 
Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed and as green as you like.

Pour into a glass and feel festive.